Enchantment, this year’s Distinguished Artists Symposium and Exhibition, will take place from November 6, 2009 through January 17, 2010 at the Joseloff Gallery.
Enchantment will focus on Romanticism and the figure in academic art with paintings from the late nineteenth century alongside works by contemporary artists who utilize the genre to engage in wider themes.
Lectures will take place on Wednesday November 4 and Thursday November 5 , ending with a symposium panel discussion on Friday November 6, preceding the opening reception. The exhibition will continue through January 17, 2010.
The exhibition will include painters and illustrators who are dedicated, to some degree or another, to the rigors of the academy, characterized by a formal process of copying prints from past masters, drawing from plaster casts, and drawing and painting from a nude model. Strictly speaking, drawing was the foundation of all academic painting; there was a hierarchy of subjects such as history and mythology, with emphasis on detail through an idealized lens.
Others in the exhibition use contemporary methods to embrace and subvert these themes. This includes combining the subject from one masterpiece with the style from another; artists who mine the past to create paintings that reinterpret old themes in today’s visual language; use allegorical references to depict contemporary events; through photography, explore the transition between the authentic work of art and its reproduction; exaggerate the idealization of form and subject using humor and irony; depict recognizable contemporary figures as heroic icons from the past.
A goal of the Distinguished Artists program is to bring artists, historians, and critics to campus to engage in a dialogue with students, faculty and the community related to a particular topic through lectures and discussions held in the days leading up to the opening reception.
Wednesday November 4, 2009, 1:30-3:00pm, Wilde Auditorium
Julie Heffernan’s theatrical and opulent paintings reinterpret allegory, portraiture, history painting, and still life with a haunting mystery and ominous beauty.
Thursday November 5, 2009, 1:30-3:00pm, Wilde Auditorium
Peter Trippi is editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, a bimonthly magazine for collectors of representational painting, sculpture, drawings and prints — both historical and contemporary. Trippi was director of the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York City between 2003 and 2006.
Panel Discussion, “Enchantment Then and Now: Drawing Connections” moderated by Peter Trippi
Friday November 6, 2009, 1:30-3:00pm, Wilde Auditorium
This lively discussion will include a panels of participating artists including James Gurney, Alison Moritsugu, Graydon Parrish, and Patricia Watwood, and the director of the Dahesh Museum of Art, David Farmer.
The opening of the Enchantment exhibition
Friday November 6, 2009, 5:00-7:00pm, Joseloff Gallery
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